Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Oakland Outlasts Houston in Wild Seven Game Series

Oakland (AP) - Matt Kemp and the Oakland A's eliminated the Houston Astros in a hard fought seven game series:

Game 1 - A's win 9-0 as Clayton Kershaw pitches poorly for Houston.  A's OF Josh Willingham went 4-4 with 2 HR's and 2 doubles.  Jon Niese pitched like, well, Clayton Kershaw, tossing a 2-hitter and striking out 14.
Game 2 - The Astros bounce back with a 3-1 win, thanks to Homer Bailey's solid start.
Game 3 - The A's win 10-8 in a back and forth game.  Giancarlo Stanton homered twice and drove in 5 for Houston, Kendry Morales went 4-5 with 2 HR's for Oakland. 
Game 4 - Houston wins 4-1, with all 4 runs scored in the 7th - 9th innings.  Josh Hamilton delivered by collecting 2 hits and 2 RBI's.
Game 5 - The Astros retook the series lead with a thrilling 9-8, 10 inning win.  A's were winning 8-3 going into the 8th when their bullpen imploded.  Scott Hairston had the walk-off single, overall he went 4-6.  Astros bullpen pitched 7 2/3, giving up 1 run.
Game 6 - With their backs to the wall the A's pulled out a comeback, 7-5 win in 10 innings.  Trailing 5-3 entering the 9th, the  A's scored 4 off of Ernesto Frieri. Austin Jackson hit a walk-off 2 run HR after earlier robbing Josh Hamilton of a HR.
Game 7 - The A's take the series with an appropriately tense 3-2 win.  Houston scored 2 in the 3rd on G. Stanton's  double, but the A's scored 3 in the 6th with help from a throwing error by Josh Hamilton. 

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